The Modern Jazz Trombone Method is divided into four sections: Scale Patterns, Arpeggios, Intervals and Range builders. Each section consists of 20 exercises.
I recommend that you spend one or two weeks on each set of exercises. It is also recommended that you memorize the exercises as soon as you feel comfortable with them. Many of the exercises in this book are derived from the improvised solos of Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Blue Mitchell and other jazz legends. The exercises presented in this book are intended as a “stepping stone” for the jazz trombonist so that he may be able to create his own original practice ideas.
Jazz articulation is an integral part of the trombone player’s individual style. Your articulation is developed through listening and emulating other jazz trumpet players. The range of articulation in jazz trombone is vast. Some players played very clean and staccato, while others played very smooth and legato. Listen to everyone and your articulation will develop naturally.
Some exercises are marked “Swing-jazz articulation” and others are marked “Straight”. Some are marked “Swing & Straight” and should be played both ways. As you learn the exercises, you may want to vary the articulation as you develop your own style.
Models are different articulations that are applied to certain exercises. All models should be practiced daily.
The exercises in this book are of a technical nature and should be practiced slowly at first. Once a good degree of accuracy is obtained, then begin working for speed. The exercises can be played as slow or fast as the student is able.
Improvisation, Cyclic practice, Scale Patterns 6
Articulation, Arpeggios 6, Intervals 1, Range Builder 6